Celebration of the Hand: We Are Makers

Craft Lake City, The Center for the Living City and the Temporary Museum of Permanent Change invite you to view the free outdoor exhibition Celebration of the Hand: We Are Makers. This collaborative project was inspired by the 11th Annual Craft Lake City® DIY Festival®, which took place from August 9-11, 2019 at the Utah State Fairpark. Celebration of the Hand: We Are Makers is now on view in frames in downtown Salt Lake City between 200 West and 200 East along Broadway (300 South).

This Celebration of the Hand exhibition series highlights inspiring work by Utah-based makers – from painters and digital artists to poets and musicians – in an effort to empower the local creative community and connect passersby with ideas that matter.

For the Celebration of the Hand: We Are Makers exhibition, local poets wrote short poems informed by Craft Lake City’s slogan “We are Makers, We are Builders, We Dreamers, We are Performers, We are Entrepreneurs, We are Crafters … We are Craft Lake City.”

Featured poets Danielle Susi, Dorothy McGinnis, Lisa Bickmore and Michael McLane were each assigned two lines to incorporate into unique written works. The poems were then submitted to The Salt Lake Lettering Club, a local collective of hand-lettering artists. Using digital lettering techniques, Salt Lake Lettering Club members created visual interpretations of the poetry. This unique collaboration showcases the work of multiple artists as they express stories and ideas with the community at large.

Saturday, November 9 at noon
The public is invited to join select poets and letterers from Celebration of the Hand: We Are Makers for a free outdoor art walk in downtown Salt Lake City. This interactive exhibition walk will provide attendees the opportunity to examine the work on view, ask questions, and learn about the creative process directly from some of the featured exhibition artists and poets. Participating artists include Danielle Susi, Dorothy McGinnis, Lisa Bickmore, Bre McCallum and Genevieve Bryan. Attendees will meet on the sidewalk outside of Rose Wagner Theater on Broadway (300 South) between West Temple and 200 West. The art walk is informed by activist Jane Jacobs’ fascination with self-organized urbanism, and the Celebration of the Hand exhibition series is designed to showcase Salt Lake City’s cultural district through the work of Utah-based artists.


Note from Craft Lake City: Descriptions for the “Celebration of the Hand: We Are Makers” exhibition and related walk scheduled for November 9 have both been updated. 

On November 5, Craft Lake City learned of allegations toward a featured poet. In light of these allegations, and to promote a safe space, Craft Lake City removed the two artworks in the exhibition featuring poetry by this individual, and also immediately uninvited this poet from participating in the public exhibition walk. 

Craft Lake City hosted past events featuring this individual before learning of this allegation, and promotional materials for those events have since been removed from our social media platforms.